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A nickname whose meaning is particular to the bearer. For example, Boz was used as a pen name by CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870) in the 1830s when publishing short pieces in newspapers. Those pieces were compiled in the book 'Sketches by Boz' (1839). Dickens pronounced the name bows because it was based on a childhood mispronunciation of his brother's nickname, MOSE short for MOSES. Best known modern bearer is likely singer WILLIAM ROYCE "Boz" SCAGGS (1944-) of the STEVE MILLER Band and the band Toto. His name was said to be shortened from a childhood nickname of BOSLEY, a name given for unknown reasons.